It is good, common sense knowing how to keep cats away from babies. If your cat sees a vet regularly and takes worm and flea medication, there is little health risk at all. Cats and babies can coexist somewhat peacefully. Many new parents will suddenly view the cat with hostility, which is unfair. More than a few of the adult cats at animal shelters are cast offs from new or expecting families. But with a lot of love and patience, things can definitely work out for everyone.
To keep cats away from babies, you will need:
- Spray bottle
- Child gate
- Patience for all
- Sanctuary. The easiest way to keep cats away from babies is to have the nursery become a cat-free zone. This is best achieved before the baby is born when you are preparing for the new arrival. Use the child gate and block off the entrance to the nursery. The child gate is not really a barrier because any cat could easily hop over it. The cat’s natural sense of curiosity will compel it to try and get over the gate for a few days. The water bottle works wonders here but don’t overdo it. If you catch the cat in the nursery shoo him out. Both parents need to keep the nursery a sanctuary because consistent behavior teaches the lesson faster.
- Uneasy allies. All of the new routines for the cat should be well established before the birth of your kid. For example, if you are moving the cat’s litter box, food or feeding stations away from your baby’s things, do it ahead of time. This allows the cat time to get used to the new rules. Since it is your cat, you can probably gauge its behavior and predict how it will act when you come home with the baby. Some cats will simply ignore everyone, some might sulk, some will spray, some will take their frustrations out on the furniture, etc. Cats are really smart and will adapt quickly to new situations so you don’t need to become overly protective. If the cat sits on the couch normally, you don’t have to shoo it away every time you sit there with the baby. Many new parents let their cats sniff the new baby and usually that is the end of that. If the cat’s presence is causing distress, simply use the water bottle. But as stated before, go easy on the poor cat. They will quickly learn they get hassled every time they go near the nursery or baby. If your cat is being good away from the baby or nursery, you should defiantly take note and praise the cat. Once the cat learns to feel secure again, it will stop investigating the baby and the baby’s things.
- Love me. New parents are like smelly zombies. They are sleep depraved, usually unwashed and pretty much brain dead. They will have little time too soothe a sulking cat. To keep things copasetic though, the time will have to be found. Most likely, the father will inherit the cat since the new mother will be overwhelmed. If the cat gets attention and treats from someone, it will be easier to keep away from the baby. The goal is to make your cat feel happy enough to relax while the new baby is howling because this will become the new norm. It will happen, but it might take some time.
- Most cat scratches are caused by babies grabbing cats, so never leave the two together alone.